Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
BMI helps estimate whether a person may be at risk for health problems caused by excessive weight. BMI is calculated by dividing the person's weight by his or her height, and then, squaring the result.
A score of 30 or higher (or 27 or higher, according to some health agencies) signifies a possible risk of obesity, which is known to significantly contribute to many health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. Be sure to share your BMI score with your physician for a clinical evaluation.
A score of 25 or lower is generally considered an indicator for good health. A score of 25 is seen as the ideal body mass index, minimizing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Tracking BMI scores over time can also provide you with a helpful way to track weight loss. A BMI score can be a better reflection of weight loss than a bathroom scale. If you're planning to lose weight, enter incremental, achievable weight-loss goals to see how much your BMI changes with each goal.
How to Choose Sharp
Sharp accepts most health insurance plans. For help choosing the Sharp doctor who is right for you, search for a San Diego physician or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
Because every patient's symptoms and medical history are unique, Sharp.com cannot offer personalized diagnosis and treatment advice. Please consult your physician for further information.